State ways that babies development is supported by play in the following areas: Physical development
Hand development, babies need to learn to control their hands, while playing and having fun many activities will help babies to use their hands. Babies will try to reach out and grasp a toy like a rattle or your finger if offered to them. Also when they are sitting upright in their highchair you could give them a toy like a pop up toy they might try and push the button, this will help them to develop their hand movements. Large movement, babies have to learn to get control of their arm and legs. Several play activities and toys can help them move their body. Large movement can be encouraged by hanging a mobile above the baby’s cot this will help them to use their arm because they must stretch up to reach it. Also you can encourage them to use their legs by sitting them in a door bouncer this will help them to use their legs while having fun. Social and emotional development
When playing with babies it is important to make eye contact with them, while you are doing this you will be helping them to copy and develop an important social skill. Smiling at babies when interacting with them is also important this will show that you are happy to be with them, which will make them happy. Also babies need to trust people who look after them there are many games which will help the baby to trust you. Play is also very important for babies as it gives them time to make a special relationship with their parent or career. Intellectual and language development
Babies need to have adult attention to stimulate learning. When babies play they need to think. They also need to use their memories. Adult must sing and talk to babies to encourage memory skill and thinking skills. For example, encouraging babies to play with toys which will help them think like a shape sorters this will help them to understand and learn about different shapes and sizes. Also playing with stacking blocks will help them to learn about balancing two objects on top of one another. It is essential to talk to babies so that they can hear and recognize words. Also if an adult uses the same words and phrases each time they play with a baby, the baby will quickly remember the sound and then they will start to understand the meaning of the words. Also if an adult points to objects while saying words, this will help the baby to learn and develop language.
Give examples of how the individual needs of babies can be supported through play:
2.1: Identify different play activities and the resources to support play for the following ages/ 2.2: state what the benefits are to babies of each play activity identified: Age group of baby
Game or toy
Activities for babies
Benefits for babies Birth to 3 months
Toy bar with pull down musical owl.
Vibration feature to calm and sooth babies.
Suitable for babies who can hold their head up unaided. •
They can jump up and down.
Padded play mat and arch with detachable toys for discovering textures and sounds.
Helps the baby to learn new sounds
This will help the baby to fall asleep
It will help them develop their gross motor skills because they will be using their leg to jump.
It will help them develop their gross motor skills by stretching up to reach the toys dangling above them. 4 months to 7 months
Steering wheel toy with fun light and sounds, with horn, gear stick, radio, wind mirrors and indicators great for keeping baby happy on the move.
They can look in the mirrors and discover themselves.
It will help them to...
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